Published: Jul 14, 2011 6:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 14, 2011 5:57 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - The Sudanese government and a rebel group from the country's troubled Darfur region have signed a peace deal.

Thursday's signing in the Qatari capital of Doha was attended by Sudanese Presidentt Omar al-Bashir and representatives from Darfur's Justice and Liberation Movement. U.N. officials and African Union representatives were also present.

The deal ostensibly provides a basis for a cease-fire, power sharing, equal distribution of wealth and compensation for displaced people. In practice, however, the deal didn't include Darfur's key factions, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Movement.

Darfur has been in turmoil since fighting broke out in 2003 between ethnic African rebels and the government, aided by Arab militias.

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